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#OpMassive Afghan Training!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 22, 2013

Well I thought I best give you a little update on how I am getting on out here in Afghanistan! I have been training hard, sticking to my routine, and even though it is only 3 weeks in, I am sure I can see a difference in my shape already! I have had to get some smaller trousers, and the shoulders and arms on my t-shirts are definitely getting tighter! I am hoping that when I head home, I will actually have some shoulders I can actually be proud of, and then I’ll feel justified in treating myself to a Skinny Chimp vest to show them off in!

On the subject of Skinny Chimp, if you are on Twitter or Facebook, give them and the #ChimpArmy a follow, they provide inspiration and motivation every day, and the mixes they put on soundcloud I am sure help me lift more in the gym! I am not connected with the company, just a fan!

So what has my training been? Well I have been doing weights Monday to Friday, broken down to shoulders, chest, back, legs then arms, then Mondays and Thursdays I have been taking Performance Cycling classes, and running on a Sunday. Sometimes I have been squeezing in an extra run here and there, nothing big, just always about 5 km just to keep me ticking over!

I know, that made me chuckle, classing 5 km as “just” and “ticking over” oh how I never want to go back to how I was before, where I honestly believed I just wasn’t built to be able to run! The thought of running just a mile would fill me with dread! And now I am starting to think about preparing for my biggest challenge so far, the full 26.1 miles that is the Virgin London Marathon! Just like when I signed up for the Perkins Great Eastern Half, I am filled with a huge sense of awe at the daunting task ahead of me, but this time it is a little different, this time I am a runner already, all be it I’m no Mo, but I genuinely enjoy running now, to pound the streets gives me time to meditate, to clear my head, there is something primal about it, almost spiritual, so while yes, 26 miles does seem like a bloody long way, I am actually looking forward to the challenge!

I will of course be #RunningForRAFA again, the RAF Association do some brilliant work, but I will write a blog about why I run for them at another time! But if you would like to help me support this wonderful charity, you can do so here!

The trouble is, my work up for London is going to have to start while I am out here, for about the first 6 weeks of my training plan, which means I will have to spend more time in the hamster wheel in the gym, while I find running outside spiritual, running on a treadmill is the opposite, but unfortunately the outside running options here in Afghan are a little limited! I will still be carrying on with #OpMassive too, I’ll be wearing a vest in April as well! 😉

Right that will do from me for now,

See you in the gym!

Paul

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